Shop the Sustainable Fashion Highlights of the Spring 2021 Collections | Vogue

One of the few silver linings of the pandemic has been our heightened awareness around climate change and fashion s ramped up efforts to address it. By now, it s generally understood that our industry is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, the leading cause of climate change; it s also responsible for pollution, waste, and even fracking. We were talking about the need for change before the pandemic, but 2020 pushed those words into action. In our conversations with designers, it was the first time sustainable practices simply felt like a given, not an exception to the rule (or, worse, a marketing stunt). At Patou, Guillaume Henry spoke of his certified organic cotton and recycled fabrics as almost an afterthought, rather than an aberration from the norm. As he told Vogue s Sarah Mower: There are solutions if you look for them. There s a need to revise things. As we cover them this month on Vogue Runway, Vogue s sustainability editor Tonne Goodman selected her spring highlights you can shop now.


3 technologies poised to change food and the planet

Evan Fraser receives funding from the Canadian Government, the Ontario Government and George Weston Ltd. He is affiliated with the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security. Agriculture s impact on the planet is massive and relentless. Roughly 40 per cent of the Earth s suitable land surface is used for cropland and grazing. The number of domestic animals far outweighs remaining wild populations. Every day, more primary forest falls against a tide of crops and pasture and each year an area as large as the United Kingdom is lost. If humanity is to have a hope of addressing climate change, we must reimagine farming. COVID 19 has also exposed weaknesses with current food systems. Agricultural scientists have known for decades that farm labour can be exploitative and hard, so it should surprise no one that farm owners had trouble importing labour to keep farms running as they struggled to ensure food workers stay free from the virus. Similarly, just enough, just in time food supply chains are efficient but offer little redundancy.


How Raising the Minimum Wage Can Be a Win for Mental Health

But what that report doesn t mention is another potential benefit of boosting the minimum wage: Saving lives. Research published in 2020 from the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that increasing the minimum wage by as little as $1 could cause the suicide rate to drop. It s just one of many mental health benefits that could come from a mandate for companies to provide a more livable wage to some of the lowest paid workers in the country. Money problems are a significant risk factor for suicide. In fact, financial stressors like debt, unemployment, low income, and past homelessness, may make someone 20 times more likely to attempt suicide, according to a 2020 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. When you re immersed in financial problems, it s difficult to see any way out of it, said Elizabeth Dunn, PhD, psychology professor at the University of British Columbia, chief science officer of Happy Money and co author of Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending.


COVID-19 vaccine doses administered to 98.5 lakh healthcare, frontline workers: Health Ministry | India News | Zee News

New Delhi: The cumulative number of COVID 19 vaccine doses administered to healthcare and frontline workers in the country has reached nearly 985 lakh, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. A total of 98,46,523 vaccine doses were given through 2,10,809 sessions, as per the provisional report till Thursday 6 PM. While the countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16, vaccination of the frontline workers started on February 2. Total 3,17,190 vaccine doses were given till 6 pm on Thursday, the 34th day of the nationwide COVID 19 vaccination drive, the Ministry said. Out of which, 2,21,425 beneficiaries were vaccinated for the first dose and 95,765 healthcare workers received the second dose of vaccine as per the provisional report, it said final reports would be completed for the day by late tonight. A total of 10,159 sessions were held till 6 PM on Thursday. A total of 11 states and UTs have vaccinated over 75 per cent of the registered healthcare workers for the first dose.


India third on list of countries with highest cumulative vaccination numbers: Health ministry- The New Indian Express

The daily COVID 19 nbsp; positivity rate has also seen a constant decline in the last seven days. From 189 per cent on February 1, it has dropped to 19 per cent on Thursday, it said. A total of 94,22,228 nbsp;vaccine doses have been given to beneficiaries through nbsp;1,99,305 sessions till 8 am on February 18, as per the provisional report. These include nbsp;61,96,641 HCWs (first dose), 3,69,167 HCWs (second dose) nbsp;and nbsp;28,56,420 FLWs (first nbsp;dose). The administration of the second dose of COVID 19 vaccination started on February 13 for those beneficiaries who had completed 28 days after receipt of the first dose. Of which, nbsp;3,30,208 nbsp;beneficiaries were vaccinated for the first dose and nbsp;92,790 nbsp;received the second dose. The ministry said 5820 per cent nbsp;of those who have received the second dose are concentrated in seven states while Karnataka alone accounts for 1474 per cent (54,397 doses). India #39;s cumulative recoveries have surged to nbsp;106 crore nbsp;(1,06,56,845) on Thursday, the ministry said.


Food and beverage manufacturers urged to make healthier products

Free newsletter Subscribe News Sectors Trends Big Brands Resources Events Processing amp; Packaging Podcast It follows a growing trend as major UK retailers making commitments to sell healthier food and drinks and take the lead in supporting the fight to tackle obesity. With retailers looking to seek healthier options, Lloyd s Register is warning food manufacturers they should prepare for added pressure to rethink how they approach nutritive and functional claims in their products. According to the World Health Organisation, worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975, with more than 38m children under the age of five overweight or obese in 2019. The commitments from retailers are not exclusive to the UK, either. The promotion of healthy lifestyles is a key health and nutrition policy objective for both the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection in Germany. Kimberly Carey Coffin, global technical director at Lloyd s Register, said, Governments and consumers are becoming increasingly concerned with health and nutrition, due to rising statistics around obesity and diabetes across the world.


Texas Regains Some Power—But Food And Water Shortages Persist

The total number of Texas customers without power reached just above 500,000 Thursday morning down from over 27 million Wednesday the lowest since widespread outages began early Monday, according to PowerOutageUS. Austin s energy utility said 81,000 customers remain without power Thursday morning (down from 220,000 earlier this week), while CenterPoint, which services Houston, said just 2% of its customers (46,000) still don t have power. The state is still struggling amid the freezing temperatures and millions of Texans are advised to boil water before drinking as water levels remain dangerously low. Power and water disruptions led to the evacuation of multiple hospitals across Texas on Wednesday evening, including a pediatric hospital in Austin. Local officials are urging residents to conserve power and water. Top priorities are hospitals and fire hydrants, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Thursday morning. The storm has also impacted food supply, with multiple local reports on Wednesday detailing empty grocery stores and food pantries struggling to reach residents due to the weather.

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